Lori Hutchinson, founder of Hutchinson Consulting, has been named the recipient of the 2018 International Spa Association (ISPA) Visionary Award. Hutchinson’s family, including her husband Bill and her two children, Kate and Tucker, will accept the award on her behalf at the 28th annual ISPA Conference & Expo at the Phoenix Convention Center (AZ) this September 24-26.
“Lori’s energetic spirit was a bright light as she served on countless task forces throughout the years and made an impact on the spa community both personally and professionally,” says Lynne McNees, ISPA president. “We are so honored to be able to celebrate her life and the impact she made on so many in the spa industry.”
Hutchinson was known for her natural talent to place the right people into the right positions across the globe, and how she shaped the spa industry by doing so. She began her career in San Francisco at the Stanford Court Hotel in 1978 before opening the Campton Place Hotel in 1982 as director of human resources. In 1993, she founded Hutchinson Consulting, where her husband Bill would become her first recruit. Together, they developed a world-wide recruiting firm in addition to an award-winning staff. In addition to spear-heading Hutchinson Consulting, she also served on the board of ISPA from 2007-2010. Hutchinson passed away after a battle with cancer in 2016.
“What set Lori apart in all aspects of her life was her genuine, unfeigned, expansive love of people,” says Bill Hutchinson. “She reached out, she made connections and she absolutely adored small world stories. This award is a wonderful and apt tribute to Lori. She was a visionary. She envisioned career paths for people and helped them get there.”
Each year, the ISPA visionary award is presented to a professional within the spa industry who has made significant contributions to the definition and positive movement of health and wellness over the span of their career. The winner of the 2017 ISPA Visionary Award was Sue Harmsworth, founder of ESPA International, who just announced her departure from the brand in March 2018.